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West Nile, Arua City Leaders Push for Construction of Modern Mortuary

Muzaidi Khemis, the Arua Central Division Mayor, says despite serving the entire West Nile, people from DR Congo and South Sudan Nationals, the government has ignored Arua Hospital by failure to construct a bigger and modern mortuary.
The dilapidated Arua Regional Referral Hospital Mortury .

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Leaders in West Nile and Arua City have asked the government to expedite the process of constructing a modern Mortuary at Arua Regional Referral Hospital. The available mortuary was built in the 1960s and only have the capacity to store one body.      

It also lacks freezers for preserving dead bodies despite having received a face-lift

some ten years ago. Currently, some bodies are kept on the floor from where they are picked from by loved ones. 

Muzaidi Khemis, the Arua Central Division Mayor, says despite serving the entire West Nile, people from DR Congo and South Sudan Nationals, government has ignored Arua Hospital by failure to construct a bigger and modern mortuary.

He says that the government should urgently consider allocating funds for the construction of a better mortuary at the hospital.  

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John Lematia, the Ayivu East member of parliament wonders why the President’s promise to construct a modern mortuary for Arua hospital has not materialized. According to Lematia, the current state of the mortuary at Arua hospital is unpalatable for a regional City.

 

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Dr. Joyce Moriku, the Moyo District Woman MP and State Minister for Primary Education describes the mortuary at Arua Regional Referral hospital as a body store, adding that they will follow it up with the president as leaders from the West Nile region.

 

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Grace Freedom Kwiwucwiny, the state Minister for northern Uganda has tasked Arua City and West Nile Development Association officials to avail her with the budget for the mortuary for follow up with the President and Ministry of Finance.

 

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Dr. Filbert Nyeko, the Director Arua Regional Referral Hospital, says that they have severally notified the Ministry of Health on the status of the mortuary and the need for a modern facility but haven’t received any response.  

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